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10 Great Ways to Celebrate National Library Week with Teens

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), has compiled a list of program ideas to help librarians celebrate National Library Week with teens in their library.

Collage of portraits of top middle grade and YA authors

10 Reasons to Do an Author Study

Help students develop their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills? Expose kids to different types of literary voices and styles? All this, and more. And they are fun!

100 best books
Anita Silvey

100 Best Books for Children: A Parent's Guide to Making the Right Choices for Your Young Reader, Toddler to Preteen

Genre:
Nonfiction
Age Level:
Adult

Silvey’s years of experience reading, evaluating, and publishing children’s books combines with her passion for literature that endures over time and generations comes together in this insightful glimpses at 100 books. These are both time-tested and modern classics that have and will continue to delight children from birth to about 12 years. Intriguing stories about the books and their creators are included with each short, descriptive essay. Additional titles are suggested as is a suggestion to keep a reading journal.

145th Street: Short Stories
Walter Dean Myers

145th Street: Short Stories

Genre:
Short Stories
Age Level:
YA

In this collection of stories set on one block of 145th Street get to know the oldest resident; the cop on the beat; fine Peaches and her girl, Squeezie; Monkeyman; Benny, a fighter on the way to a knockout; Kitty, whose love for Mack pulls him back from the brink; and Big Joe, who wants a bang-up funeral while he’s still around to enjoy it. 

portrait of Middle Eastern girl in hijab holding a tablet with Arabic writing
Naomi Shihab Nye

19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East

Genre:
Poetry
Age Level:
Middle Grade

These beautiful poems reflect both the Middle East and the Arab-American experience. Nye is a renowned poet for young people, and this collection revolves around her heritage.

21st Century Literacies

Because success with technology depends largely upon critical thinking and reflection, teachers with relatively little technological skill can provide useful instruction. But schools must support these teachers by providing professional development and up-to-date technology for use in classrooms.
24 Girls in 7 Days
Alex Bradley

24 Girls in 7 Days

Genre:
Fiction, Romance
Age Level:
Middle Grade

Jack’s best friends decide that the best way to get him a prom date is to put an ad in the paper. Now Jack has to evaluate all the prospects. If there were a “Romance for Guys” genre, this would be included! But the humor and male perspective make it an intriguing read for male readers and their female counterparts!